You want to see a typical Valais village with its dark wooden houses and those stilted barns but have no time for an excursion to one of the side valleys higher up in the mountains? Visit Naters.
Naters is the next-door neighbour of Brig, located down in the Rhône valley on the opposite river bank. You can walk over in 10 minutes from Brig train station, 15 minutes from Brig centre. The old village centre has preserved the historical wooden architecture, houses of farmers, craftsmen and small merchants.
See my Naters page for more.
The monument for "King X" is to be found on a small square opposite of the old Stockalper-palast. King X is not a real person of history but rather a persiflage about people who pretend to "know everything" and are right all the time.
This monument was made by U.Wirz, born 1943 in Brig, he is a sculptor, painter and architect.
"Denkmal für die Rechthaber und Machtspieler" is his name for this sculpture, so "Monument for Bossiness and powerplays" might be a translation.
Saltinabruecke is the bridge that takes you to one of the main squares of Brig and even when the narrow stream of water does not look very dangerous it might flood after heavy rainfalls. The river is called Saltina (saltare is the latin word for jumping) named so because the stream is jumping up and down.
In case of a flood this bridge will be lifted in order to avoid damages. This bridge has a weight of 152 tons, that has to be lifted and it is done by waterpower that rises the whole bridge automatically in case of a flood.
About a 20 min train ride from Brig is the town of Fiesch (halfway between Münster (East) and Brig (West) ) Fiesch is a great base for Swiss hiking - though fully developed and modernized, there is a bypass that deflects all unnecessary traffic. From Fiesch do not miss to take the Gondola that goes to the Eggishorn 2,926m above sea level. You'll get a wonderful panoramic view that defies description and includes the Eiger, Jungfrau and Matterhorn and the Aletsch glacier. The scenery really is stunning and we are happy to make a return journey here to see the glacier close up. More pics and info on my Fiesch page.